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Minnesota native, TV host Samantha Harris battling breast cancer

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Television correspondent and Minnesota native Samantha Harris says she's battling breast cancer and plans a double mastectomy.

The Associated Press reports the former "Entertainment Tonight" correspondent and "Dancing with the Stars" co-host will undergo the procedure later this month.

Harris, 40, told People magazine that she detected a lump in a routine self-examination last fall. The Hopkins High School graduate said that although she had gotten a clean mammogram shortly before that, she had refused to believe the lump was benign even after seeing several doctors. She later saw a breast cancer specialist. A needle biopsy and later lumpectomy led to the diagnosis.

Harris is married and and mother of two young girls, ages 3 and 6. Good Morning America said that she has kept her focus on her her daughters, recalling that she lost her own father when he was 50.

"My dad wasn't able to walk me down the aisle. I will be here to plan my daughter's weddings and they better like the dress I pick," she added.

Harris told Entertainment Tonight that her prognosis is encouraging.

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